Position: Temporary Publications and Events Consultant

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Website: UPenn Architecture

Start Date: April 24, 2017

The Architecture Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design seeks a temporary publications and events consultant for late spring and summer of 2017. This consultant will provide creative, administrative, and production support to the publications and event-series in the department of architecture.
The Graduate Architecture Department is housed in Meyerson Hall, in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus, at the corner of Walnut Street and 34th Street. In addition to design studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, and offices, this facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories for computing and fabrication and two advanced research labs: the Digital Design Research Lab and the Building Simulation Group.
Responsibilities:Coordinate and complete the design and production of Pressing Matters 6, the department’s annual publication
(5-6 hours/week) – Coordinate and oversee the design of Pressing Matters in conjunction with our outside designer and publisher. This task requires photo-editing, delivery of text including faculty and student names, course descriptions, and department updates. The book will need several rounds of proofing and revising. Coordinating the delivery and subsequent distribution of the finished product is required. The design of the book with be established and the consultant’s role will be to ensure all deliverables are on schedule.
Management of Department’s web presence
(3 hours/week) – Update website as needed to ensure correct information for upcoming semesters and events as well as to capture news and announcements.
Support Lecture Series and Other Special Events
(2 hours/week) – Manage the department’s fall lecture series and other special events, which feature nationally and internationally renowned architects, planners, designers and developers. Responsibilities include conceptualizing, organizing and promoting each event.
Beginning of Semester Presentations
(3-4 hours per week) – The first day of the semester includes a presentation of all elective courses offered during the term. This position will collect presentations from faculty and organize them into a single presentation. This position will also organize all day-of logistics, e.g. room set up, equipment rental, advertisement to students, etc.

The ideal candidate should be able to quickly grasp University branding and design standards.
Specific qualifications and core competencies include:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with both Mac and Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and web content management systems. Must have back-end website and blog creation experience
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and deliver final products on time
  • Ability to work quickly and independently in a deadline-oriented environment with a variety of personalities and a diverse portfolio
  • Graphic design, photo/video production and editing experience helpful
This is a 15-20 hour/week position lasting approximately five months. The ideal candidate should be available from late April to early/mid-September 2017, to oversee the continuation and conclusion of certain department initiatives. Specific hours are flexible given that assigned deadlines are met.
To Apply:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and relevant graphic design samples to: Scott Loeffler, Department Coordinator, Architecture at Scotl@design.upenn.edu.